I feel bad for getting worked up on sfr's topic. Sometimes people just flamebait enough that I lose it. What's flamebait you ask? For those that don't know, let me preface that answer with the following: There are a multitude of hot-button issues that can be discussed. Religion, abortion, capital punishment, same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, who's better the Red Sox or the Yankees (it's the Red Sox) (how'd that get in there?), etc. There's more, of course. Issues like these arouse the deepest passion in people. It goes beyond simple politics. These are issues that are personal to each individual, for reasons others may not understand. When someone comes into the debate and contributes by saying: You're pro-life/pro-choice? You neo-nazi conservative/monster baby killer, or: you believe in God/don't believe in God? You pious SOB/godless heathen; these don't add to the debate at all. They are comments that just ignite an anger in individuals. Whether they are knowingly said to provoke others is up to debate. In either case, that is flamebait. Flamebaiting is not how you stimulate the debate positively. It is trite and annoying. If you're point can't be made without being insulting, then don't. Why would you want to anyway? The point of debate is to argue your point while at the same time stimulating the other person's/people's mind, not insult and spark their inner feelings. Conversely, biting the flamebait is also bad (as I did and now regret). Rise above it. So that's my rant on debate etiquette. Anyone else have something that comes up in debates all the time that they can't stand/is in poor taste?